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HE MADE ME LAUGH

Jack Speer

May 29, 2018

Genre: Country

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I wrote this song as a memorial to my younger (by 2 yrs), gospel singer brother, Billy, who recently died (11/1/16) of Lewy Body Dementia. We were quite different in so many ways and I wasn't as kind to him as I wish I'd been in our youth. He loved making people laugh, even to the point of being self-deprecating and it would embarrass me. Nevertheless, he was crazy talented and, no matter how much I would try to compose myself, he knew how to break me down and make me laugh!


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David Ireland

Hello Jack - I find your songs very inspiring. We English just don’t write songs this way - this is from the heart, to the heart.

Beautiful songs - love the one about your mother too.

All the best, David

May 31, 2018

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Jack Speer

Such kind remarks from whom I consider a very sophisticated songwriter.  I enjoy your songs, as they have a surreal, jazzy feel.  When I was a young kid (5 or 6), my mother would play Tchaikovsky or Gershwin as she’d say, “Close your eyes and tell me what you see.”  When I listen to some of your songs (not all, but some), I find myself thinking about that moment in time, as I close my eyes and consider the imagery…  Nice work!

May 31, 2018

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Frank Renfordt

Hi Jack, it’s hard to say anything about this song, it seems like a very personal song and it goes to heart. Probably that kind of song you need to get off your chest.

June 01, 2018

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Ditalian Cole

What a nice dedication to your brother, Jack! I can see you with your brother and the relationship you had with each other. I can tell you write songs just for you and not necessarily for the radio. Keep up the good writing!

June 11, 2018

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David Ireland

Hello Jack - I find your songs very inspiring. We English just don’t write songs this way - this is from the heart, to the heart.

Beautiful songs - love the one about your mother too.

All the best, David

May 31, 2018

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Jack Speer

Such kind remarks from whom I consider a very sophisticated songwriter.  I enjoy your songs, as they have a surreal, jazzy feel.  When I was a young kid (5 or 6), my mother would play Tchaikovsky or Gershwin as she’d say, “Close your eyes and tell me what you see.”  When I listen to some of your songs (not all, but some), I find myself thinking about that moment in time, as I close my eyes and consider the imagery…  Nice work!

May 31, 2018

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Frank Renfordt

Hi Jack, it’s hard to say anything about this song, it seems like a very personal song and it goes to heart. Probably that kind of song you need to get off your chest.

June 01, 2018

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Ditalian Cole

What a nice dedication to your brother, Jack! I can see you with your brother and the relationship you had with each other. I can tell you write songs just for you and not necessarily for the radio. Keep up the good writing!

June 11, 2018


HE MADE ME LAUGH

Written by Jack Speer

HE MADE ME LAUGH: written by Jack Speer, LV by Jack Speer, BGV by Stephanie Willis, produced by John D. Willis

It was midway through a little-league game,
You could hear the in-field chatter,
When the ump behind the plate appeared confused.
‘Cause, the game came to a stop
And the park turned into laughter,
As my little brother sang, MULESKINNER’S BLUES.

And, as I think about our yesterdays,
It’s like a visit with his ghost,
I loved him in so many ways
But, what I remember most,

He made me laugh,
When I didn’t think he would.
He’d be self-deprecating,
When I didn’t think he should.
He made me Laugh,
He always knew he could,
Whenever I needed a dose of feeling good,
He made me laugh.

It’s strange how the same old house
Can raise two different souls,
I was slight and shy; he was big and bold.
And while we reconciled our differences,
The bond we shared would grow,
As respect revealed the love that would unfold.

And, as I think about our yesterdays,
It’s like a visit with his ghost,
I loved him in so many ways
But, what I remember most,

Repeat Chorus

No pretenses, he was simply real,
I could totally be myself; that’s how he made me feel.

He made me laugh,
When I didn’t think he would.
He’d be self-deprecating,
When I didn’t think he should.
He made me Laugh,
He always knew he could,
Whenever I needed a dose of feeling good,
He made me laugh.

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